Mieke Snijder

Mieke Snijder

Research Fellow

My career objective is to undertake research with real-world impacts and direct relevance to the communities I work with. My goal is to use research as a tool to improve outcomes for those living at the margins by developing, using and promoting participatory approaches. I am excited about working in the space where good quality research methods meet community participation. I am also a course facilitator for the Contribution Analysis for Impact Evaluation short course.

  • I have over a decade of experience in designing and implementing methodologies to evaluate interventions for various underserved communities.
  • My doctoral research investigated the tensions between the use of participatory approaches and evaluation of complex community-based interventions with three Australian Aboriginal communities.
  • In my post-doctoral research to date I have used participatory methods to inform the development of an intervention for Australian Aboriginal adolescents. These methods integrated action research and visual and digital approaches such as photovoice, role-playing, digitial story telling, focus groups and semi-structured interviews.

I am continuing to expand my growing expertise in participatory methods in the development and evaluation of complex interventions. I am particularly interested in continuing to explore the use of culturally appropriate, decolonising and creative research designs that align with participants’ world views and can make research an empowering process.



Backstopping 2SCALE

With the financial support from the Dutch Ministry of Development Cooperation (DGIS), the 2SCALE programme started in June 2012, and is one of the largest incubators of inclusive agribusiness in sub-Saharan Africa. 2SCALE provides a range of support services to private partners – companies and...


Centre for Development Impact

The Centre for Development Impact (CDI) contributes to learning and innovation in the field of impact evaluation. The Centre aims to improve the assessment of impact on the poor, particularly through the use of appropriate, mixed method, and robust evaluation designs.



Opening the Black Box of Participatory Action Research in Response to the Worst Forms of Child Labour in Nepal and Bangladesh

CLARISSA Research and Evidence Paper 14

How, for whom, and under what conditions does Participatory Action Research (PAR) generate innovation to tackle the drivers of the worst forms of child labour (WFCL)? This paper presents the findings of a realist evaluation that investigated how PAR groups facilitated children who work in...

Mieke Snijder
Mieke Snijder & 9 others

9 July 2024


Bridging Learning and Action: How Did CLARISSA’s Participatory Adaptive Management Approach Foster Innovation, Effectiveness, and Stakeholder Empowerment?

CLARISSA Research and Evidence Paper 10

This paper shares insights emerging from evaluating CLARISSA’s participatory adaptive management (PAM) practices, connecting them with current discussions on adaptive management. It provides an in-depth evaluation of CLARISSA’s PAM approach, exploring how adaptive strategies were implemented...

31 May 2024

Mieke Snijder’s recent work


IDS and Fundación Paraguaya announce Memorandum of Understanding

IDS and Fundación Paraguaya have this month signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), cementing the growing relationship and collaboration between both organisations. Fundación Paraguaya is a Paraguayan non-governmental organization renowned globally for its work around social...

29 September 2022